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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Group Publishing (December 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764425277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764425271
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Wideman is the children's pastor and director of Christian education at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wideman's children's ministry program, Kids on the Move, serves kids with more than 75 classes each week and more than 900 volunteers.

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His writing style is very comfortable and easy to read and understand.
Brittany
Children’s Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It-Guide is a great tool for helping children’s ministry leaders to grow their ministry with effectiveness.
Emily Whitten
I would recommend this book for anyone going in to Children's Ministry or any kind of leadership.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larry Shallenberger on October 5, 2005
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Great book. It's a simple read. Practical and user friendly. Filled with transferable concepts that any leader can build into him or herself and then transfer to others.

I wish I had this my freshman year of children's ministry.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Van Hal on July 29, 2003
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This is the BEST leadership book I've read -- especially for anyone in a staff position. Excellent, practical information for any staff position -- not just for children's ministry. This is a MUST HAVE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnston on October 14, 2012
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I bought this book because I wanted to understand better how children's ministry works and how to effectively lead children's ministry, which is exactly what it says it will do. Unfortunately, I found it to be a very basic book on leadership with some minor applications to children's ministry worked in. Since I already understand the principles of leadership on a basic level at least, this book was not helpful to me at all.

His advice also tended to be common sense, like how to schedule your time, to respect the authority of the senior pastor, and to spend time with your family. For example: Instead of talking about specifics to children's ministry like which aspects of the program should be given the most time, how to split time between various departments, or how to develop curriculum, he talked about planning ahead, preparing, evaluating your time, and using volunteers to do things you can't. I don't need to pay $15 and spend a couple hours learning those things. I need guidance for children's ministry, and I just didn't get it.

There were a lot of lists and he is very organized. If you feel that you don't understand leadership or don't have leadership experience, this book might be helpful, though there are much better ones on the market. If you know a bit about leadership and want to learn to apply that to children's ministry, don't waste your time or money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey K. on September 18, 2012
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Overall I thought that this book was very helpful. It is the first time that I have read a book about how to "do" children's ministry. I think that this book does more than show us how to "do" children's ministry but also hows us how to be and live out our lives as leaders in the children's ministry field. Honestly, it was a bit overwhelming as there is a lot of information squeezed into this little book. He truly explains how to be a great leader in children's ministry. He first explains how to become a leader, and then the things you need to do after that, like knowing when to say no, living out what you teach in your personal life, delegating jobs to volunteers, managing time, problem solving and staying motivated. One of my favorite chapters of this book was chapter 3. He talkes in this chapter about being an example in our personal lives. I think that this is a huge point to make in children's ministries. The children look up to you so much, and if they learn that you are not living your life Monday through Saturday like you do on Sunday morning, their trust levels will begin to deteriorate. Children are very impressionable and living that way would only confuse them. Though, like Wideman explains in this chapter, if we live out our lives like we should be, we will be a great explain in our church and personal lives. Some ways that Wideman suggests doing that is to be problem solvers, show initiative, manage time, take rists, and grow spiritually. If we do all of those things for God's glory, kids will start to see how they are supposed to live their lives as well. One point he makes in this chapter is that leaders are lifelong learners. Even though we are leading, we should also constantly be learning as we go as well.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howtypical on November 30, 2009
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I can't say enough about this book. It is a step by step guide to help improve your ministry. Jim Wideman is honest and comical. It will help you see where you need to improve, but also encourage you when you are already doing what needs to be done. Excellent book highly recommend to anyone in children's ministry.
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By Sheryl A. Hartman on July 14, 2014
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Has been helpful building a children's ministry
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This book gives a practical “how-to” look on being an effective children’s minister. Wideman does not stop with his very practical and applicable application of leadership, but he also continues in his book to give examples and attributes of effective leaders. He stresses throughout the book how important it is to constantly be growing as a leader, and to be constantly rising to the next level, even if one is already on a high level. Progress cannot be made without effort and practice, and this is something that every effective leader must realize. Also, just because things are going well does not mean that progress has to stop or should stop. Society is constantly changing, and the needs of the ministry will change based on the needs of the people, so the programs will need to stem from the needs of the people. Just because something worked in the past does not mean it will continue to work, or will work in the future.
Wideman not only stresses essential character traits, both inherent yet mostly developed, of a leader, but he also stresses how important it is to be a partner with the leader of the organization as a whole. For instance, in his examples, he is a children’s minister and must report to the minister of his church. It is important then for leaders to lead the people under them, while maintaining a following and supportive attitude to any superiors. As a children’s minister, it is his job to support his minister’s mission, and to help him achieve that goal.
Perhaps one of the largest themes of this book that seems to indeed be a genuine struggle to balance ministry and family life. Wideman makes it clear that God loves his effective ministers, yet with the addition of a wife and/or children, the effective children’s minister needs to be able to balance both.
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